Volunteers are the backbone of GWAS! Volunteering with GWAS is a great opportunity to gain experience in environmental restoration, education, and outreach while getting involved in your community. We are pleased to offer a number of exciting opportunities for people from all backgrounds to gain practical experience. Contact us at [email protected] for more information on how you can be involved.

Volunteer Opportunities

Gorge Waterway Nature House Educator

We are searching for outgoing and dedicated volunteers to help run the Gorge Waterway Nature House. This position includes:

  • Providing information about the local area and walking visitors through our displays;
  • Participating in education programs and activities within the park, including nature walks;
  • Leading touch tank demonstrations and other interactive activities;
  • Operating a small concession and gift shop.

No experience necessary, but interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and knowledge of the area are assets! This is a great opportunity to learn about the field of environmental education and outreach, while getting involved in your community. 


The Nature House is scheduled to re-open on March 16th for the 2024 season, and will operate Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00-3:00.

Time commitment varies, but we ask for at least 5 hrs (1 shift or 2 half-shifts) per month. All shifts will be done in pairs. As this position involves interaction with children, a Criminal Record Check is required. 

Restoration Volunteers

Help us restore the woods, meadows, and wetlands of Esquimalt Gorge Park.

Restoration Volunteering occurs on a drop-in basis all summer. Check our Facebook or Instagram pages beginning in May for meeting times, and come ready to get your hands dirty!

References for Volunteers

The Gorge Waterway Action Society is happy to offer personal or employment references to any of our volunteers that have worked 20+ volunteer hours for the society.